Daedalus Quartet
2016-2017 Repertoire

Daedalus Quartet 16-17 Repertoire:



In a world of quickly shifting attention, we are excited to focus on a single composer in each ‘Trilogy’ program, offering audiences the opportunity to savor the unique qualities of each artistic voice.



Schumann’s quartets were given as a birthday present to his beloved wife and pianist Clara whose key, C major, is the unifying link of this harmonically conceived cycle.

String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1 (1842)

String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 41, No. 2 (1842)


String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3 (1842)



With the ‘Razumovsky’ Quartets, Beethoven makes a leap into uncharted territory, ‘symphonizing’ the quartet and expanding the genre to epic proportions, all the while expressing the whole range of human experience.

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 (1806)

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1806)


String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (1806)



Fred Lerdahl’s evocative quartet cycle, envisioned as a three-part whole, takes listeners on a journey through vivid dreamscapes.

First String Quartet (1978)

Second String Quartet (1982, rev. 2008)

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Third String Quartet (2008) *Daedalus commission


Love Triangle

Three very different musical approaches to the difficulties of romantic love.

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 (1798-1800)

Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “The Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)


Alban Berg: Lyric Suite (1925-26)

---OR Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899) – with guest violist and cellist


Additional works offered:

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85 (1927)

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (1826)

Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major, Op. 67 (1875)

Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi la Nuit (1973-76) – commemorating the composer’s centennial

Fred Lerdahl: Bagatelles (2016) (estimated length: 15 minutes)

Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartet No. 6, Op. 35 (1946)


Other Artists
Request a Collaboration Benjamin Hochman, piano Awadagin Pratt, piano Romie de-Guise Langlois, clarinet Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet Martin Beaver, viola/violin
Posted: Jan-26-2016
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